Lizard Brain is a shared blog about Science Fiction and Fantasy from Daniel Abraham and Ty Franck.

A Press Release of Interest from Our Friends at Syfy

12.31.15
by Daniel Abraham

So this is cool…

 

SYFY RENEWS THE EXPANSE FOR SECOND SEASON

 

— Acclaimed Series from Alcon Television Group Currently Airing Tuesdays at 10PM ET/PT —

 

NEW YORK – December 31, 2015 – Syfy announced today that it has renewed its critically-acclaimed series THE EXPANSE for a second season. The 13-episode second season from Alcon Television Group is expected to air in early 2017.

 

THE EXPANSE is firing on all cylinders creatively, building a passionate fan base among viewers and critics alike, and delivering on Syfy’s promise of smart, provocative science fiction entertainment. We can’t wait to see where the story takes us in season two,” said Dave Howe, President, Syfy and Chiller.

 

Currently airing on Syfy Tuesdays at 10PM ET/PT, THE EXPANSE has garnered strong multiplatform viewership since its December 14 debut, with 4.5 million viewers sampling the first episode on Syfy.com, On Demand and digital outlets prior to the series’ linear premiere, and an average of 1.6 million P2+ linear viewers (L3) in its first three episodes.

 

Set 200 years in the future, THE EXPANSE follows the case of a missing young woman that brings a hardened detective (Thomas Jane) and a rogue ship’s captain (Steven Strait) together in a race across the solar system that will expose the greatest conspiracy in human history.

 

In the episode premiering next Tuesday, January 5 at 10PM ET/PT — the fifth in the 10-part first season – Holden (Strait) and his crew make a deal with an unlikely ally (Chad Coleman). Meanwhile Detective Miller’s (Jane) obsession over the missing Julie Mao (Florence Faivre) continues to grow. Shohreh Aghdashloo also stars as Chrisjen Avasarala, along with Dominique Tipper, Cas Anvar and Wes Chatham. [Trailer for Episode 5: http://www.syfy.com/theexpanse/videos/the-expanse-next-episode-back-to-the-butcher]

 

Academy Award-nominated screenwriting duo Mark Fergus and Hawk Ostby (“Children of Men,” “Iron Man”) serve as writers, as well as executive producers and showrunners. Executive producer Naren Shankar (“CSI,” “Farscape”) is also showrunner.

 

THE EXPANSE is financed and produced by Alcon Television Group (ATG), a division of Alcon Entertainment. Alcon co-founders and co-CEOs Andrew Kosove and Broderick Johnson serve as executive producers along with former president of Alcon Television Sharon Hall. Alcon Television executive Ben Roberts serves as co-producer. Sean Daniel and Jason Brown of the Sean Daniel Company are executive producers. Ben Cook serves as a producer.

 

The series is based on the New York Times bestselling book series collectively known as The Expanse, written by Daniel Abraham and Ty Franck (under the pen name James S. A. Corey).

 

THE EXPANSE is part of a powerhouse Syfy original lineup that includes upcoming 2016 scripted series THE MAGICIANS (January), based on Lev Grossman’s best-selling novels, HUNTERS (April), from “The Walking Dead” executive producer Gale Anne Hurd, and the second season of the critically acclaimed 12 MONKEYS (April). Additional high profile scripted projects in development include INCORPORATED, a futuristic espionage pilot from Matt Damon and Ben Affleck’s Pearl Street Films; Aldous Huxley’s classic novel BRAVE NEW WORLD with Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Television; and David Goyer’s Superman prequel, KRYPTON.

 

Website:          syfy.com/theexpanse

Facebook:        facebook.com/expansesyfy

Twitter:           @ExpanseSyfy    #TheExpanse

 

About Syfy

Syfy is a media destination for imagination-based entertainment. With year round acclaimed original series, events, blockbuster movies, classic science fiction and fantasy programming, a dynamic Web site (www.Syfy.com), and a portfolio of adjacent business (Syfy Ventures), Syfy is a passport to limitless possibilities. Originally launched in 1992 as SCI FI Channel, and currently in 96 million homes, Syfy is a network of NBCUniversal, one of the world’s leading media and entertainment companies.  NBCUniversal is a subsidiary of Comcast Corporation.  (Syfy. Imagine Greater.)

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But James, where can *I* watch The Expanse?

11.17.15
by Ty Franck

Here are a few of the places you can watch the early Nov 23rd VOD release of The Expanse pilot episode.

 

Facebook
Syfy On Demand, SyFy.com, SyFy Now App  http://www.syfy.com/episodes

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The Expanse Screening in Santa Fe! More Details!

11.13.15
by Ty Franck

I have news about The Expanse screening at the Jean Cocteau theater in December.

Daniel and I will be doing a signing at the theater on Dec 3rd at 4pm. Everyone is invited to see us talk and deface books. Books, including our new Tie-In cover edition, will be available at the theater. Or, feel free to bring your own from home. We’re happy to sign anything.

More exciting news! The first fifty (50) people to arrive at the signing will receive tickets for priority seating at the two episode sneak peek of the show later that night! If you want to make sure you don’t miss our show, just come hang out at the signing and if you’re one of the first fifty you are guaranteed a seat.

The screening of the two episode sneak peek will be later that night, December 3rd, at 8:30pm. Daniel and I will be on hand to introduce the show and talk a bit about it, and we’re going to try and have a few special guests hang out with us and say hi to the crowd.

You can find information about the Jean Cocteau Theater here http://www.jeancocteaucinema.com/

Find a trailer for The Expanse here

Toronto Diary Day Twenty Six, that’s a wrap baby!

We hope to see you there!

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Early Expanse Screening!

11.10.15
by Ty Franck

I don’t have a ton of details yet or exact times, but on Thursday December 3rd Alcon will be presenting an early screening of The Expanse at the Jean Cocteau Theater in Santa Fe, NM.

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Tim Bradstreet is a God.

10.09.15
by Daniel Abraham

Once upon a time, there was a post here with images of some really cool Expanse posters.  But then a bunch of asshole pirate sites started reusing the images by linking to my ISP’s servers and driving the traffic through the roof.

*This* is whew can’t have nice things.

Tim Bradstreet?  Still a god, though.

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The End of the Story

09.22.15
by Daniel Abraham

I’ve just sent in the last changes to The Spider’s War, the last book of The Dagger and the Coin. All in all, it’s about 700,000 words to finish the story I began with an apostate priest being hunted through the mountains.

I started the project with a couple of goals in mind: I wanted to understand what epic fantasy was, and I wanted to make one that scratched all my personal itches. To aim for the first, I called a meeting with some of the best minds I knew. Seven — almost eight — years ago, I went to Melinda Snodgrass’s house outside Santa Fe and spent the day with George RR Martin, Walter Jon Williams, S. M. Stirling, Ty Franck, Ian Tregillis among others talking about what fantasy is, how it works, what its history is, speculating on its future. Then a few weeks later, a group met at my house to break the whole five-book series. Some characters who I thought I wanted were left behind in that process. The arc of the whole story was put in place. Critical scenes in the third book and the fifth were talked through. And then I started writing.

The Dagger and the CoinA lot of things have happened since then. Not all of the people I began this with are still around now. The circumstances of my life have shifted, as any seven years will do. I heard once that the myth of breaking a mirror being seven years bad luck was because we get new souls every seven years. I assume that’s a metaphor, and I see what it’s a metaphor of.

I will not be spending any more time with Cithrin bel Sarcour or Marcus Wester. Yardem Hane or Master Kit. Gender Palliako. Clara Kalliam. They’ve done everything I asked them to do, and often better than I’d hoped. I’ve finished two epic fantasies now. The Long Price Quartet and The Dagger and the Coin are, for the moment at least, my argument about the nature of epic fantasy — what is fantasy and what ‘epic’ means. I don’t think I could have said when I meant more concisely. Between the two series, I have written over a million words in this genre. I feel fairly pleased with what I’ve managed.

I don’t know what else I have to say about the genre for now, but I have some new projects I’m working on. I’ve also done a five book urban fantasy series, and I’m a little over half way through The Expanse, which promises to dwarf them all. It’s all delightful.

There’s a sadness in endings, and also a joy.

The Dagger and the Coin is ended. And I am pleased to say, I think it’s ended well.

I’ll start something new tomorrow…

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A couple things

07.15.15
by Daniel Abraham

First off, we’re doing an AMA over at reddit.com/r/books around 2:00 Pacific/5:00 Eastern. Y’all should stop by if you’re of a mind.

Second: Blogs, right? Kinda not doing much with this one. Should think about putting this thing back in rotation.

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The Dangerous World of TV Producing

05.28.15
by Ty Franck

Delivering notes to actors can be a dangerous job.  Acting is an emotional profession, and hearing that the choices you’ve made aren’t working can sometimes create tensions or hurt feelings.

Fortunately, on The Expanse we have trained professionals who take criticism with aplomb.

Giving a note to Dominic Tipper

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That’s a wrap (and another thing)

03.08.15
by Daniel Abraham

The Expanse season one had it’s wrap party last night.  It was wonderful and exhausting and long and filled to the rafters with talented, dedicated, genuinely great people.  The presidents of Alcon TV and Syfy were both on hand, and a bunch of folks from the cast and crew.  I am now exhausted and delighted and ready to be home for a few days.

The Powers are still working out the premier date, so apart from 2015, I’ve got nothing new on that front, but I did get to hear a couple details about the promotion effort coming up that delight me.  That part should be fun too.

Also, and unrelated, for those who follow such things, our Star Wars novel is not [EDIT: Now.  Not not, now.  Jeez, typos…] out in mass market.

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James S.A. Corey Appearance in Toronto, Canada on February 11th

01.29.15
by Pat Rogers

Daniel Abraham and Ty Franck are in Toronto, Canada working non-stop on THE EXPANSE TV SERIES.
On February 11, 2015 they will take an evening off from work to talk with fans about the upcoming TV show and sign books at BAKKA PHOENIX BOOKS.
Please join them, and be the first to get all the inside news and stories about the TV series, at 7pm on February 11, 2015 at Bakka Phoenix Books, 84 Harbord Street, Toronto, Canada. http://www.bakkaphoenixbooks.com/

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